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Ireland puts Man City improvement down to fitness

Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland believes the club's improvement towards the end of the season has come down to fitness.

Ireland says the changes made behind the scenes by manager Mark Hughes in regards to training have helped the players push towards a spot in Europe for next season.

"We're all feeling strong at this stage of the season, rather than taking a dip, which is a brilliant feeling," Ireland said on the club's official website.

"We want to end on a high, and right now I feel the best I have ever felt. I feel fitter now than before.

"I am coming off at the end of games feeling that I could have run so much more. I hope that I feel the same going into the derby (against Manchester United)."

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